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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jan 11, 2011 12:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Europe '74 Notebook

thanks a lot for this. i definitely enjoyed the performance of eyes from 9/21, though i think a lot of that show is kind of weak as well. not as bad as the cringe inducing performance of the 20th though. i certainly would be interested to hear more from some of the outtakes of DP #7 since those shows seem to be the better ones of tour, besides 9/18.

i think 9/18 is just spectacular, one of the very finest and most underrated shows of the year. how did they pull this out of their ass with so much of the tour being so lackluster? who knows! in addition to the songs you mentioned, i would also make a case for the FOTD, Row Jimmy, Lay Me Down, and Peggy-O being possible finest ever renditions.

while i mostly i agree that this tour was a disaster, i haven't heard everything, and its nice to have a guide of what is worth hearing.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 11, 2011 5:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Europe '74 Notebook

I too have wondered, how the performance in Dijon could be so fine, while the shows that immediately preceed and follow are so poorly played.

The bands stop in Munich was not a good one for them. They were plagued with trouble there: the road crew destroyed a whorehouse, there was an incident at their hotel bar, Kreutzmann had a breakdown, the band fired their management, they had issues with the German fire marshal at the Olympia Halle, etc, etc...

Perhaps the change in setting wss enough to improve the bands mood. Dijon is a beautiful old city, there were only a few hundred people in the audience that night, great food and fine Red Burgundy...